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  1. Hey Drew, hard to say welcome back since I am not really active anymore on the forum but still You have finally decided to come back to fun boats lol, can't blame you with the experience you had at Marathon. Here is what I found here in Canada since I guess you already checked the U.S market (don't forget to convert in US $) : https://www.boisvertmarine.com/vehicles/2008/chaparral/255-ssi/sorel-tracy/qc/46346083/?sale_class=d'occasion https://www.marinedanielmasson.com/en/vehicles/2004/chaparral/240-signature/saint-paul-de-l'ile-aux-noix/qc/43666118/?sale_class=used I will keep looking for you on my side of course. Congrats for the wedding !!
  2. I'll will find it for you, but the cost I talked about was just for the mechanic, there is different plans for every maintenance (A1, B2, etc...), after that I think the bottom have to be cleaned every month and painted every year or so... Anyway, the most important... Congratulations for the wedding
  3. If I have mine before you, I will invite you for sure lol.. What I like about the 47 is also the seakeeper gyro (https://seakeeper.com/), such a great invention. Do you think the Volvo pods are as reliable as v-drive ? I am hearing/reading a lot about those and there is a lot of different opinions... My first boat was Italian back when I lived in France, I always loved them and never had to say anything about reliability, and they are so gorgeous... for me it will be either an Azimut or a Trawler lol, no in between :p
  4. I don't really know but guys were comparing 44 Sport Coupe vs 48 sedan on SeaRay forum and the price seems to be drastically lower on the 44, I don't know really why, I asked but no one replied yet. Despite all of the benefits of the pods, I think I would go with shaft instead of Pods, just for the peace of mind, I am planning to boat mainly in salt water with this kind of unit (Bahamas, Florida, etc...) and V-Drive are more recommended in those environments
  5. I like the fact that you have 2 helms in almost all Azimut Fly Bridge. 3 rooms is also nice to have in the 47. What bother me is the annual cost of maintenance with the 47. I mean, I read on the SeaRay forum that 48 ft are costing around 18 500$ maintenance every year or 3 years depending of how rigorous you are. If I have to go with the 43, it will be for extended holidays. If I go with the 47, I will consider living aboard ;).
  6. Well, you'll ask Drew about our experience in Marathonmarinaandrv, there is a lot to say. For this particular incident, what I haven't told you is the fact that the guy accused me to be responsible for the power outage on the whole dock. I had to unplug from shore power, start the genset and wait for the problem to occur again. Only after that, they agreed to move me to another slip. You're right, I am glad I changed to have the opportunity to meet Drew, such nice people. You know I liked the Marina until Drew told me what they were doing to them. He and his wife are leaving their dream, I wish I had the same courage when I was younger, to be bold enough to live your dream. Then I started to spot bad things and behavior towards me and my brother and father (each came with their own RV and paid their own slip), then I decided to never go back to this marina again. I can't say too much and I don't think Drew can either since his sailboat is still there but in time... he will do something. Talking about sailboat, I can tell you... he will be back in a powerboat for sure, I will let him explain why but, he definitely miss power boat, even if his big sailboat have some good qualities. About the man himself and his wife, I have nothing to say, they are both great and very brave, I really respect that. we tried a couple of times to go to Looe Keys together but Drew had to much trouble and not enough time to fix his boat, the only day we could have done it was 2 days before I had to leave for Canada and in the end we couldn't do it, but I really hope we will be able to catch up next time. I will post some photos / pictures later for sure, when are you planning to go down there ? This year ?
  7. After Chap and Sea Ray, here are my next targets in 5-6 years maximum Worst Case scenario : Azimut 43 Ft - In 5 years, I guess I should be able to find one around 2011-2012. Enough room for the 4 of us, and just for my wife and me after that (Snowbird 6 months per year in the Keys) : https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2009/azimut-43-3535477 Target Scenario : Azimut 47 Ft - If I am working hard enough and the market is favorable, I wish I could go with the 47 Ft : https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2009/azimut-47-3132189/
  8. I just came back 2 days ago, took us 3 days and half to get there and 4 days to head back. When I arrived, the Marina had to change my slip because of an electrical problem. They put me next to a Sailboat, I learned later that it was @Drew... this is a small world. Other than that, I don't recommend going there during August, weather is better around June/July. We still enjoyed our 2 weeks though. Went a couple days/nights to KeyWest Looe Keys, etc. Usual spots. I wanted to test the boat before planing the Bahamas and it went very smoothly. The cabin is perfect for our needs, engines are A1, nothing bad to report. I will plan my crossing from Miami to Bimini during the winter as I am finally ready and won't change the boat in the next 5 years at least
  9. I went with Lowrance a couple years ago back when I had my Sig 270. Good stuff but more oriented for fisher men. I liked my experience with Garmin but it is like Apple, if you want every features available you have to get the full Garmin kit (AP, MFD, antenna, etc, etc). Since I had to stick with Mercury auto pilot system, Garmin wasn't an option. Never been a huge fan of Ray, but is just a matter of taste, nothing wrong with the brand, except they tried and fail to have their own NMEA2K with SeaTalk, vX etc...and finally got onboard with the standard. Then I read and heard that Navico was behind almost every Vesselview since a couple of years, more than that, they are almost a part of Brunswick too. I was looking for something close to Garmin's auto-guidance. I found CMAP Easy Routing (recently bought by Navico) and when on new gen of SIMRAD's MFD that uou were able to send the routes to the Merc AP. In the end I have all the same features I had with Garmin in my Sig 290, but much more reliable and precise since the Merc AP is really something else. Will do this week-end my friend, I am still working on it but it seems I will be able to control it with my nrx 300 remote which could be cool to be able to all listen the same music. The entire speaker floats, I tried... awesome. In fact you let the engines on and just press the skyhook button, then it will keep you at the same GPS position. Like I said to Phil, it is more to be able to wait for a couple of minutes without having to dock or release the anchor. Useful but you have to stay in the boat since engines are trying to keep you steady. Not really helpful with a lot of current because the boat is backing hard etc... more useful in a marina or a lake I guess. Yup I wanted to keep all the dash as OEM as possible. The only thing I still have to used to are the trim tabs switches. Always had to push them but now it is a bit different, nothing critical though :). Worst case, it will go later in August, as long as it happens, I am ok with it
  10. Digital anchor, engine is keeping your position. Usefull when waiting for gas, bridge or else. Works pretty well in fact, never knew until I tried a couple years ago.
  11. Hey buddy, I have done some modifications already. After a couple of rides and I can now say that I am very pleased so far. The only thing that doesn't work properly is the active trim not reacting at all, but I am working on it. Here is the list of what I have done so far : - Removed the Raymarine AXIOM 9 inch and added a SIMRAD Go 12xse - Removed the VesselView 4 and added a SIMRAD Go 9 XSE + Vesselview link behind the dash - Removed the Rockford Fostgate headunit + remote and added a Fusion Apollo RA-770 + NRX 300 Remote - Added a SIMRAD GPS NMEA2K Antenna since the mercury antenna can't send the gps through NMEA2K - Added Active Trim - New dash from Florida shop Tecnografic to flush mount everything - Removed the 19 inch Insignia TV in the Cabin for a 4k 32 inch Acer ET322QK monitor + apple TV - Added ASUS Blue Cave router in the cabin + Foscam Fi9831W in the aft bed to check on the baby when he is sleeping - Added Fusion Stereo Active on the bow rail (No wires at all , really cool) What I still want to do : - Having the Kohler numbers shown in the vesselview - Give a name to the boat - Having the Active Trim working properly - Having the trim tabs level shown in the vesselview BEFORE : AFTER : In terms of differences, the most obvious is the 21 degrees of deadrise. I mean, it is like a knife on the water compared to my previous Chap 290. The electric grill in the cockpit is also worth mentioning, no more going to the cabin and take the bbq, gas, putting everything together and then putting everything back in the cabin. More headroom in the cabin and in the shower, beds are bigger both aft and forward. The Axius Joystick + Skyhook + DTS are really cool too. I don't think you want/can't go back after having them. The coolest feature is to be able to have easy routing in the SIMRAD and be able to send the routes to the Merc Auto pilot. All in all, I think I just have positive feedbacks to share, I still miss my old chap sometimes because I am a nostalgic but it was also a 15 years older boat than this one. I am leaving for the Keys the 24th of July and be back in Canada the 19th of August. It is pretty short but with all the work here, I haven't been able to take more this year. I will cross at Lacolle then straight to Albany through i87, I will then go west via I88 / I90, then south on the I81 all the way down to Staunton, then east until I reach Richmond and finally all the way down south on the i95 to the Keys. I think I won't have much time on my way to the Keys but I will try to keep a day on the way back, I will let you know for sure. One other idea would be to tow the boat for a long week-end to Boston and launch it there, if you can give me some advices on a large ramp.
  12. Well, about trim and fuel tank : your trim sender (on your Bravo) as a wire connecting to the main engine in the plug labeled ANALOG TRIM. You will need to unplug it and plug it in the one named DIGITAL TRIM. Don't forget to take the small cap from DIGITAL and put it on the ANALOG. Same thing for the fuel. The sender in your fuel tank should be plugged directly on the fuel gauge (on your dashboard), identify it, cut it and plug it on the engine, this way your SIMRAD/Vesselview will be able to read what is send by your fuel sender. What your ordered is the blue smartcraft cable which is a totally different thing, for this particular one you just need to plug it on your smartcraft plug (on the engine) on one end and plug the other one behind your dashboard in a free slot of your junction box. Since your boat wasn't installed with smartcraft wiring, you should check if you have a junction box, if you don't, it is really not expansive, a 4 ways should be enough for what you are trying to achieve.
  13. Hi Dozer, don't forget that since your engines weren't programmed with smartcraft/vesselview in mind, both of them are configured as starboards engine. I did what you are trying to achieve on a Sig 290 2004 a couple years ago and it worked very well, I only needed a Merc tech to set my port engine as port engine . He did it in 3 minutes... Don't forget to unplug the trim from the analog wire and put it to the digital trim plug (both are together directly on the engine) because without it you will miss a couple of features on your Simrad/vesselview like Eco Mode, Smart Tow, etc... they need trim information to operate . Same goes for the fuel tank wire, on mine it was directly plugged on the fuel gauge. You will need to plug it on the engine instead. You will definitely love the upgrade, of that I am pretty sure
  14. My next target would probably be the Sea Ray 350 Sundancer for a couple of reasons : - One of the rare 35 ft cruiser with a standalone / separate shower - The wet bar at the rear with the electric grill is a #%^$&%$ good idea - AFT cabin can be a queen or 2 single beds - Smart way to fit the TV in a like-home TV stand - Double adjustable bow cushions - Massive arch with electrical sunroof A Regal 33 Express would be my next choice I suppose.
  15. Exoset


    It's been 2 year so I am not 100% sure but I don't remember tying it in the anchor locker… I think it was on a bow cleat… Perhaps the line was under the anchor…. don't know for sure. I have been told to not throw the anchor if I can avoid it in the Keys by Drew, and some people at the marina told me the same thing. When I first arrive at Looe Keys I just looked around and saw that no one had dropped their anchor, I just did the same. Later, some folks told me it was forbidden because of the reef below ;). Some people were very helpful and kind, others almost yell at you if you are making a mistake… I am definitely not the most experience captain on any level anywhere, but I have a small experience of different places. I mean, I went on Mediterranean sea, Atlantic seas on Europe coast and US Coast, St Lawrence river and every river in France. A lot of river and seas in Spain/Portugal and of course a little experience in the Keys and different places in US. Most of the people who are yelling at you never left their confy spots, never knew anything else than their boat area. I am eager to learn from anyone, but everyone can make a mistake… no need to yell at them. I remember going very slowly (5-6 mph) approaching Bahia Honda, a fishing guy in a boat yelled at me to get out of there because since Irma, you can't go too close from Bahia Honda anymore (Except if you pay for it and stay a night in the state park). I told the guy not to yell at me if he didn't want me to teach him how to speak to people but that I was sorry I didn't know. Later I went a ask a guy in the State park, he told me that's because of the birds reproductions etc, they want to avoid boaters near Bahia Honda beach but didn't had the time to put a sign… All in all, I have met a lot of kind and cool people, you just can't avoid those who thinks they know everything, there is a few of them in the Keys, especially week-end fishermens...
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